Sometimes the only way to make progress is to leave something behind.
Now that we’ve popped the cork on 2016, I’ve also had some time to reflect on this past year. After all, 2015 saw a host of new technologies and solutions bloom while others faded from the spotlight.
The Internet of Things, for instance, trickled into schools as wearables and connected devices became less expensive. In Ohio, beacon technology now lets teachers push educational materials to students’ tablets at set times. In Minnesota, wearables track students’ heart rates and steps as they exercise in gym class. New York schools even made the move to IP video surveillance systems to improve security.
The rise of 3D printing was even more meteoric.
Gamification, on the other hand, lost its place on the New Media Consortium’s NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K–12 Edition, which features predictions for the K–12 technology market. NMC CEO Larry Johnson called the education trend “too hard to integrate.”
Besides watching the ebb and flow of classroom technologies, my colleague Eric Patnoudes and I kept our ear to the ground at CoSN 2015, Miami Device and other thought leadership events. Here are a few of our Connect IT insights from 2015:
As we approach 2016, the Connect IT team is already hard at work lining up our thoughts on a number of key themes, including technology leadership, training and professional development, and mobility. So check back periodically for expert insights into the latest 2016 trends.
The author will lead a session, “Leading Schools in the Digital Age,” from 12:00 to 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Fla.
This article is part of the “Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology” series. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the #ConnectIT hashtag.